Buxus sinica var. insularis
|Bronze cast in late fall |
The shiny small elliptic leaves make for a nice low hedge. We use a row of them between our driveway and the front yard. Most of the year they form a bright green bushy line (we don't prune or clip ours), along which we have some perennials and bulbs planted to spruce up the driveway view. As winter approaches, they take on a bronze cast, and by the time spring rolls around, the leaves do look tired and in need of some renewal. I've found that the branches are quite brittle, and easily break off when handled the wrong way. That means taking some extra care when shoveling snow off the driveway after a good winter storm.
||Buxus microphylla var. koreana
evergreen shrub (Z5-9)
We left this plant behind in our Pennsylvania garden (and wish it well); we don't grow it in Houston.
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|Steve Mercer||Jul 21, 2011||Winter Bronzing may be due to to much sun in the summer the plants may be exibiting sun burn. Have you noticed the same bronzing effect on plants that are in full shade?|
You may very well be right. Mine are all in full sun, so I have no comparison case.
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